The Graduate School at Eastern Illinois University, in consultation with the Council on Graduate Studies, establishes and monitors graduate education policies. The Graduate School also oversees the Office of International Programs, the Office of Study Abroad, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the University Tuition Waiver Programs. The Graduate School at Eastern Illinois University is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools, the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools, and the Illinois Association of Graduate Schools. Academic regulations differ for graduate students. Information on graduate programs, graduate admissions, graduate assistantships and other areas of graduate education may be obtained by contacting the Graduate School, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, 61920, 217/581-2220 or http://www.eiu.edu/~graduate.
Graduate Study Options
Degree and Certificate Programs: Admission to the Graduate School is the first stage of admission required for all of the following degree and certificate programs:
- Masters and specialists degree programs
- Graduate certificate programs
- Second bachelors degree programs
Non-degree Study: Admission to the Graduate School is required for the following non-degree study options:
- Post-baccalaureate teacher certification
- Alternative teacher certification
- Courses for licensure, professional development, or personal goals
Graduate Admission of International Applicants
International applicants may seek admission to graduate study as graduate degree candidates or as candidates for a second bachelor’s degree. The admission process requires that applicants submit a complete packet of admission materials to the Office of International Programs. A complete packet includes an international application, an application fee, an approved financial affidavit form, an official raised seal transcript, any required admission test scores, and documentation of English mastery.
- A web application with fee payment of $30.00 via credit card is available at: https://www.applytograd.eiu.edu/
- A printable application with fee payment of $30.00 via check is available at: http://www.eiu.edu/~interntl/admissions-ipapp.html
- An application packet is available through the Office of International Programs. Request by calling or writing The Graduate School, Division of International Programs, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, 61920, 217/581-2321.
Graduate Degrees and Programs
College of Arts & Humanities
Master of Arts
- Communication Studies
- Community College Pedagogy Option
- Historical Administration Option
College of Education & Professional Studies
Master of Science
- College Student Affairs
- Concentrations in Community or School
- Physical Education
Master of Science in Education
- Educational Administration
- Elementary Education
- Special Education
Specialist in Education
- Educational Administration
Lumpkin College of Business & Applied Sciences
Master of Arts
Master of Business Administration
- MBA with Accountancy Concentration
Master of Science
- Family & Consumer Sciences
Graduate Certificate Programs:
- Certificate in Accountancy (non-degree)
- Certificate in Computer Technology (non-degree)
- Certificate in Quality Systems (non-degree)
- Certificate in Work Performance Improvement (non-degree)
College of Sciences
Master of Science
- Biological Sciences
- Communication Disorders and Sciences
- Natural Sciences
- Concentrations in Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences
- Physical Sciences concentration includes emphases in Chemistry, Geology/Geography, and Physics
Master of Arts
- Clinical Psychology
- Elementary/Middle School Mathematics Education Option
- Secondary Mathematics Education Option
- Political Science
- Concentrations in American Government and Politics, Comparative Politics/International Relations, and Public Administration/Public Policy
Resources to Support Graduate Research/Creative Activity
The Graduate School sponsors a broad range of competitive awards programs to promote and support graduate research/creative activity. Application materials, guidelines, timelines, selection procedures, and award levels are available through Graduate Coordinators in academic programs and at the following web site: http://www.eiu.edu/~graduate/compawardsstudents.htm. All candidates selected for any of the Graduate School research awards are required to present their proposal or completed projects during the Annual Graduate Student Exposition.
- Graduate School Research/Creative Activity Awards Competition: This program provides financial support for outstanding graduate research and creative activity projects that include opportunities for graduate students to partner with external businesses, industries, or educational agencies to foster improvements and development of new creative ideas.
- Williams Travel Awards Competition: Named in honor of a former Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Larry Williams, Williams Travel Awards provide travel support for EIU graduate degree-seeking candidates who have papers or creative works accepted for presentation at regional, state, or national conferences.
- EIU Distinguished Masters Thesis Award and Award of Excellence Competition: The EIU Distinguished Masters Thesis Award Competition provides recognition of the highest achievement in masters degree research. The selected project becomes the Universitys nomination for competition in the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Thesis Competition. The EIU Masters Thesis Award of Excellence provides recognition of the second highest achievement in masters degree research based on those candidates who are nominated for the EIU Distinguished Masters Thesis Award Competition.
- Graduate Exposition and Distinguished Graduate Students Awards Ceremony: Co-hosted by the Graduate Student Advisory Council and the Graduate School, the Graduate Exposition and Distinguished Graduate Students Awards Ceremony provide a forum during the spring term to showcase the research creative activity of graduate students. The Awards Ceremony provides formal recognition of the achievements of graduate students who have distinguished themselves through scholarship, research, or leadership.
Graduate Study Options for Seniors at EIU
Reserve Graduate Credit
An EIU senior may apply for permission to take graduate level courses numbered 4750 through 5499 for reserve graduate credit. Senior classification is defined as having completed at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate course work at the time of enrollment. Seniors must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher to qualify for reserve graduate credit. Permission from the instructor of the course(s) and the Graduate Dean is required. Applications for reserve graduate credit are available in The Graduate School or at the following web site: http://www.eiu.edu/~graduate/studyoptions.htm and must be signed and on file in The Graduate School by the deadline to add courses as published in the Class Schedule. Reserve graduate credit is limited to a maximum of 9 semester hours and cannot be used in any way for fulfilling the requirements for the undergraduate degree. Students enrolled in courses numbered 4750 through 4999 for reserve graduate credit are expected to meet the requirements for graduate credit. Undergraduates, regardless of classification or GPA, may not enroll in any graduate courses numbered 5500 or above. This requirement may not be waived or appealed.
Graduate Courses for Undergraduate Credit
An EIU senior may apply for permission to take graduate courses numbered 5000 through 5499 to apply toward an undergraduate degree. Senior classification is defined as having completed at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate course work at the time of enrollment. Seniors must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher to qualify for enrollment in graduate courses. Permission from the instructor of the course(s) and the Graduate Dean is required. Applications granting permission to take graduate courses are available in The Graduate School or on the web site http://www.eiu.edu/~graduate/studyoptions.htm and must be signed and on file in The Graduate School by the deadline to add courses as published in the Class Schedule. Undergraduates, regardless of classification or GPA, may not enroll in any graduate course numbered 5500 or above. This requirement may not be waived or appealed.
An EIU honors student who has less than 90 semester hours of completed course work at the time he or she wishes to register may apply to waiver the 90-semester hour policy. Waiver forms are available at: http://www.eiu.edu/~graduate/Honorswaiver.htm. Waiver of the policy will allow the honors student to enroll for the desired graduate level courses. In order to be eligible for this waiver option, the student must verify his or her status as an honors student. IN addition, the student must provide evidence that he or she is currently enrolled in a sufficient number of semester hours to meet the 90-semester hour regulations at the conclusion of the current term. The student must meet the 2.75 GPA criteria as this policy may not be waived or appealed. If the waiver is approved, but the honors student fails to complete a sufficient number of semester hours in the current term to meet the 90 semester hour regulation, the Graduate School will remove the student from the approved courses after the 10 th day enrollment roster is provided.
Graduate Assistantships are available in departments/schools offering graduate programs. Applications and additional information are available through the Graduate School or through individual program offices.
Loans and Work Study
Perkins Loans and Work Study positions are available to students who qualify on the basis of financial need. Contact the Director of Financial Aid for more information. Information on the Guaranteed Loan Program is available through the lending institution.
Military scholarships and unused portions of Teachers Education Scholarships may be applied to graduate study. A variety of special awards, scholarships, and international student scholarships are also available for graduate study. Several awards are highlighted below. Applicants should consult the Graduate Catalog for detailed information on other awards.
- The Betty Wright Downing Scholarship. Established by Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Wright in memory of Betty Wright Downing, this scholarship is presented annually to a graduate student at Eastern Illinois University who is preparing for a career in medicine or a health related field. Apply to the Dean of the Graduate School.
- Frances Meyer Hampton Graduate Scholarship. Established by Mrs. Frances Meyer Hampton in her estate, this award is presented annually to a full-time student in a masters degree program who has demonstrated good character, high scholarship ability, financial need, and a potential for worthy future achievement. Apply to the Dean of the Graduate School.
- International Graduate Student Scholarships. International graduate student scholarships are based primarily on academic achievement and potential and are intended to promote cultural exchange and diversity. Completion of an application does not guarantee a scholarship. Apply to the Office of International Programs.